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M3D Micro 3D Printer Review

M3D Micro 3D Printer Review

If you are in the market for a turnkey solution to 3D printing, M3D may have a solution for you in the Micro. Let's take a close look. | Dec 20, 2016 at 09:12 pm CST

Intel Curie-based Arduino 101 Programmable Microcontroller Review

Intel Curie-based Arduino 101 Programmable Microcontroller Review

Intel's Curie-based Arduino 101 Programmable Microcontroller development board goes under the microscope today to see exactly what it brings to the table. | May 19, 2016 at 08:16 pm CDT

Connected Cars: The technology is here, so let's enjoy it

Connected Cars: The technology is here, so let's enjoy it

There is an amazing blend of technology merging with new vehicles, and connected car technology is accelerating at a fast pace. | Jun 14, 2015 at 11:50 pm CDT

Future of wearables unknown, but things are looking good

Future of wearables unknown, but things are looking good

The wearables market is growing at a rapid pace, and while there is much work left to be done, the future appears to be great. | May 1, 2015 at 09:18 pm CDT

Virtual reality provides great long-term potential, be excited

Virtual reality provides great long-term potential, be excited

Virtual reality is something that many don't have firsthand experience with, but it seems that we should all be happy for what is around the corner. | Apr 6, 2015 at 09:19 pm CDT

Artificial intelligence worries smart people, should we be worried?

Artificial intelligence worries smart people, should we be worried?

Recently some really smart and successful people have expressed concerned over artificial intelligence, but should we be worried about it? | Apr 6, 2015 at 03:12 pm CDT

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer Review

XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer Review

Steven takes us on a tour of XYZprinting's Da Vinci 1.0 3D printer. Its value impressed us for the features included - here's our full review of it. | Nov 20, 2014 at 09:08 am CST

3D Printing Tips and Tricks: Making Your Portable Toolkit

3D Printing Tips and Tricks: Making Your Portable Toolkit

Charles walks us through what our portable 3D printer toolkit should include. Read on and see what tools you may be missing to make your experience better. | Jun 27, 2014 at 09:15 am CDT

Practical 3D Printing Guide: Making a GoPro Camera Mount

Practical 3D Printing Guide: Making a GoPro Camera Mount

Hobby 3D printing is often referred to as a novelty, but the desktop 3D printer can be practical and useful, too. Let's see what Charles does for a GoPro. | Jun 25, 2014 at 09:02 am CDT

3D Printing Tips and Tricks: Keeping Your Electronics Cool

3D Printing Tips and Tricks: Keeping Your Electronics Cool

Just like PCs, 3D printers are subject to overheating, and precautions need to be taken to prevent this. Follow on as Charles tells us more about it. | Jun 20, 2014 at 10:35 pm CDT

Project M.A.R.V: The Multi-Rotor Aerial Reconnaissance Vehicle, Part 3

Project M.A.R.V: The Multi-Rotor Aerial Reconnaissance Vehicle, Part 3

In this installment of Project MARV, Charles walks us through the build process of the quadcopter's frame and just how to go about it. | Jun 19, 2014 at 09:05 pm CDT

Amateur Radio is Still Alive and Kicking: Journey to Becoming a HAM

Amateur Radio is Still Alive and Kicking: Journey to Becoming a HAM

Charles recently started his quest to expand his maker skill set, and decided to take a stroll down the road to becoming a licensed amateur radio operator. | Jun 18, 2014 at 05:04 pm CDT

Project M.A.R.V: The Multi-Rotor Aerial Reconnaissance Vehicle, Part 2

Project M.A.R.V: The Multi-Rotor Aerial Reconnaissance Vehicle, Part 2

In this installment, we cover the tiny GPS Data Logger that will mount directly to the frame of the quad-copter and allow recording its flight path. | Apr 21, 2014 at 09:05 pm CDT

Punchtec Ord Bot Hadron 3D Printer Review

Punchtec Ord Bot Hadron 3D Printer Review

The Ord Bot Hadron from Punchtec is a very versatile 3D printer that changed the way Charles think about printing with PLA and 1.75mm filament. | Apr 18, 2014 at 05:03 pm CDT

Project M.A.R.V: The Multi-Rotor Aerial Reconnaissance Vehicle, Part 1

Project M.A.R.V: The Multi-Rotor Aerial Reconnaissance Vehicle, Part 1

With multi-rotor helicopters getting a bad rap lately, Charles created his own multi-rotor to show that they can be used for more than controversy. | Apr 18, 2014 at 01:06 am CDT

Project ATAAPR: Andy the Autonomous Arduino Powered Rover - Part 1

Project ATAAPR: Andy the Autonomous Arduino Powered Rover - Part 1

Charles walks us through the steps used to create a cheap, autonomous rover that runs off of an Arduino. Let's check out part one now! | Mar 20, 2014 at 11:52 pm CDT

3D Printing Tips and Tricks: Filament Quality and Why It Matters

3D Printing Tips and Tricks: Filament Quality and Why It Matters

In this installment, Charles tells us why using high-quality filament is one of the most important parameters in achieving good results. | Mar 18, 2014 at 08:51 pm CDT

3D Printing Tips and Tricks - Essential Tools of the Trade for your hobby

3D Printing Tips and Tricks - Essential Tools of the Trade for your hobby

3D printing requires more than a 3D printer and a PC. Follow along as Charles covers the typical tools needed to operate and maintain it. | Feb 13, 2014 at 09:02 pm CST

3D Printing Tips and Tricks - How to make ABS Juice to help your 3D prints better stick

3D Printing Tips and Tricks - How to make ABS Juice to help your 3D prints better stick

Charles walks us through his method of making a batch of ABS Juice which promotes less warping and better print adhesion to the printing surface. | Feb 13, 2014 at 12:02 am CST

Hands-on with the TinyDuino and TinyLily Systems from TinyCircuits

Hands-on with the TinyDuino and TinyLily Systems from TinyCircuits

TinyCircuits' TinyDuino and TinyLily development systems take the normal bulky development board standard and flip it on its head. Let's take a look. | Feb 12, 2014 at 02:33 am CST

3D Printer Tips and Tricks for Better Quality Results: Part 1

3D Printer Tips and Tricks for Better Quality Results: Part 1

In his first installment, Charles shows you how to improve print quality by installing a fan ducted to the hot end. | Jan 17, 2014 at 02:12 am CST

Unboxing the Punchtec Ord Bot Hadron 3D Printer

Unboxing the Punchtec Ord Bot Hadron 3D Printer

Charles unboxes one of Punchtec's Ord Bot Hadron 3D printers. | Jan 15, 2014 at 08:06 pm CST

Protostack ATmega32A Development Kit Review

Protostack ATmega32A Development Kit Review

Protostack's latest development kit breaks the ATmega328 trend and introduces us to the ATmega32A. Let's take a full look at it in this review. | Dec 10, 2013 at 04:31 pm CST

Makerspaces: What are they, and why do they matter?

Makerspaces: What are they, and why do they matter?

Makerspaces are a major part of the DIY / Maker movement, and this is why you need to be a part of one. Charles explains why in this article. | Dec 1, 2013 at 09:04 pm CST

Hands-on with the BeagleBone Black, a 32-bit Micro Computer

Hands-on with the BeagleBone Black, a 32-bit Micro Computer

The BeagleBone Black is the latest development board to hit the Maker / DIY scene and packs one heck of a punch in terms of hardware. | Nov 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm CST

TweakTown's Guide to 3D Printing: Part 2 - 3D Printer Kit Selection

TweakTown's Guide to 3D Printing: Part 2 - 3D Printer Kit Selection

In our last installment, we discussed what made up a 3D printer, and what one should pay attention to when considering purchasing one. Today we are going to take a few more steps down the 3D printing road and discuss how to select a DIY kit. | Jun 2, 2013 at 09:59 pm CDT

TweakTown's Guide to 3D Printing: Part 1 - What makes up a 3D Printer?

TweakTown's Guide to 3D Printing: Part 1 - What makes up a 3D Printer?

Not all 3D printers are alike, and buying a 3D printer without any guidance can quickly amount to a lot of wasted money or wasted time trying to get everything adjusted. This series will help educate you on what a 3D printer is, and get you ready to purchase your first 3D printer. | Mar 29, 2013 at 02:22 pm CDT

What is a Maker? What it really means to be a 'Maker'

What is a Maker? What it really means to be a 'Maker'

Charles Gantt delivers his thoughts on what he and others define as a "Maker", ahead of a flow of DIY maker articles and guides he will deliver to TweakTown. | Mar 29, 2013 at 09:10 am CDT